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  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    James Cadwallader 05/22/15 08:02 AM,
    Everyone agrees with the idea that you point the microphone at what you want it to pick up. But there’s another side to the coin: pointing the mic away from what you don’t want. This perspective applies both for using a particular polar pattern to eliminate undesired pickup or miking unconventionally to find a desired sound. Take drum miking. Snare bleed in the hi-hat mic can blur the snare in the mix, especially for those drummers who know how to… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015
    Bobby Owsinski 04/16/15 02:13 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   As any electric string instrument player knows, there are a number of different types of pickups, and within each category there’s a tremendous variation in possible tone. This excerpt from The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook explains the nine factors that affect how a pickup sounds. The next time you’re in the market for one, keep these in mind so you can better tailor the pickup to your needs. ———————————————- Just like most… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogInterconnectMixerProcessorSignalStudio

  • Friday, April 10, 2015
    Bruce A. Miller 04/10/15 02:12 PM,
    This article is provided by   Once upon a time I was doing the typical thing of going with what I was told worked or what I watched the engineers I had assisted do.  Specifically, I was recording piano with a pair of matching microphones in an XY pattern around the hammers. I knew about many approaches (another mic at the far end of the piano and then pan that mic over to the bass side of the stereo… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneMixerProcessorSignalStudio

  • Friday, April 03, 2015
    PSW Staff 04/03/15 07:57 AM,
    The new Radial Engineering  JDI stereo passive direct box is now shipping. The first unit was delivered to the Commodore Ballroom, a music venue in Vancouver. “The new stereo JDI allows the Commodore to offer yet another high quality Radial DI option to our visiting engineers and artists,” states Paul Way, front of house at the Commodore. “A stereo solution in a single package, very useful on a crowded stage or pedal board.” The JDI stereo passive direct box includes… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundChurch SoundManufacturerSignalStageStudio

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    cad audio
    PSW Staff 03/31/15 03:44 PM,
    CAD Audio is expanding its CADLive line with a number of new vocal and instrument microphones. The new CADLive D32 is a supercardioid dynamic handheld vocal mic with a proprietary QuietTouch on/off switch, with a neodymium capsule design making it very well suited for live sound applications. The 3-pack D32X3 is outfitted with carry case and mic clips Also a supercardioid dynamic handheld, the new CADLive D38 is outfitted with a neodymium capsule and is designed to deliver exceptional accuracy… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundChurch SoundNewsProductAVMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    PSW Staff 03/25/15 02:20 PM,
    To commemorate the 150th Birthday of famed Danish composer Carl Nielsen, Denmark-based Dacapo Records is releasing The Nielsen Project, a collection of Nielsen’s symphonies and concertos as performed by the New York Philharmonic. During production, TimbreMusic Tonemeister Mikkel Nymand, recording engineer on the project, utilized DPA Microphones d:dicate 4015S wide cardioid and 4006A omnidirectional mics to accommodate the unique audio requirements at Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center and to achieve a natural quality of the live ensemble. Fisher Hall has… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingNewsEngineerMicrophoneSignalStudio

  • recording
    Jon Tidey 03/25/15 12:12 PM,
    This article is provided by Audio Geek Zine.   Acoustic guitars are one of the most dynamic and expressive instruments used in modern music. They have a broad frequency range covering almost the entire audible spectrum. The instrument can serve many different roles in an arrangement as a harmonic, melodic, or percussive element. All of these factors will affect how you approach both the recording and mixing acoustic guitars. Context The first thing to do is think about its role… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorSignalStudio

  • Friday, March 13, 2015
    dpa microphones
    PSW Staff 03/13/15 12:15 PM,
    Natalie Merchant’s long-time audio engineer, George Cowan, utilizes DPA Microphones d:facto vocal microphones both on tour and in the studio. Cowan also deploys a combination of the company’s d:vote 4099 instrument microphones for a live string quartet and d:dicate 4011A cardioid and 4006A omnidirectional microphones for the musician’s recent recording projects. Cowan was first introduced to DPA Microphones while engineering at Bearsville Studios near Woodstock, NY. It was there, in 1989, that he met Merchant and the two have been… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundRecordingNewsAVConcertEngineerMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Friday, March 06, 2015
    PSW Staff 03/06/15 02:09 PM,
    Creative Audio Post, a New York-based post-production studio utilized TSL Soundfield ST-450 microphones to record surround crowd ambiance as well the string section during a recent live concert by singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY. The performance will be included in filmmaker Jon Bowermaster’s latest project, a documentary video of Merchant’s tour in support of her new album that will be released later this year to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Tigerlily (a five-times… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingNewsConcertMicrophoneSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, March 05, 2015
    Mark Frink 03/05/15 03:34 PM,
    The drum sound is the heart of any band mix: kick drum keeps the pulse going, while the snare drives the rhythm and the overall beat gives each song its groove. Dynamic microphones are used for close miking drums because they’re sturdy, handle high SPL, provide off-axis rejection and often have a presence boost around 4 kHz that emphasizes attack. At the same time, digital consoles have changed the live sound workflow. Their instant recall forces drum sound check to… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStageWireless

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